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Friederich Kuster (active circa 1811-22)


Friederich Kuster (active circa 1811-22)

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Horizontally-oriented Taufschein with central text section surrounded by blue and orange border, flanked by red and yellow flowers.

Dimensions in Inches

7 7/8 x 13

Dimensions in Centimeters

20 x 33


Watercolor and ink on laid paper


Drawn, Hand lettered

Associated Places

Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania


Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)


flowers, tulips, floral

Associated Names

Johannes Daubert, Christina Dewald, Wilhelm, Munch, Daniel Schappel, Catharina Schappel


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Ursinus College Library Special Collections and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art


Pennsylvania Folklife Society


Fraktur lettering, German script




Bleibe fromm und halte dich recht Ps:37 v:37./Wilhelm Däubert ist gebohren von/ehelichen christlichen Eltern den 29ten/Tag November um 6 Uhr Abend im/Jahr 1815 nach der Geburth unsers/Herrn Jesu, im Staat Pennsÿlvanien/Schulkil Cauntÿ, Manheim/Taunschip; und ist den 31ten December/Anno 1815 von dem Herrn Pfarrer Münch/evangelisch lutherischen Prediger getauft./Die Eltern sind Johannes Däubert und/seine Ehefrau namens Christina/eine gebohrne Dewaldin. Taufzeugen/sind Daniel Schappel, u[nd]:s[einer]:Fr[au]:Catharina/Gott Vater Sohn und h[eiliger]:Geist verleÿh, daß ich fest an dich gläube, mich meines Taufbundströst/und treu, und dir getreu verbleibe.


Stay pious and hold yourself correct Psalm 37:37. William Däubert is born of legal Chirstian parents the 19th day of November at 6 o’clock in the evening in the year 1815 after the birth four Lord Jesus, in the state of Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Manheim Township; and is baptized the 31st of December Year 1815 by Mister Pastor Münch evangelist Lutheran Preacher. The parents are Johannes Däubert and his wife named Christina a born Dewald. Baptismal witnesses are Daniel Schappel and his wife Catharina. God Father Son and Holy Ghost grant, that I solidly on you believe, [keep] myself true to my baptismal union [and its] comfort and truth, and stay faithful to you.


Friederich Küster made numerous Taufscheine similar to this piece. He usually put the heading “Geburths und Taufschein!” at the top of the certificates. His parrots were usually colored in a pale yellow, which often has faded greatly. He also drew roosters and spread eagles on some of his larger pieces. Küster made certificates in both English and German. Little is known of his personal life other than that he made fraktur for families primarily along the north branch of the Susquehanna River. Küster was previously known as the Northumberland County Artist, until a signed example of his work surfaced. Küster was obviously copying the work of Valentin Schuller here, reproducing his red and yellow foxgloves. Küster and Schuller made fraktur for some of the same families in the Mahantango and Lykens Valleys, in Northumberland and Dauphin counties. They would have been familiar with one another’s work as competitors.




Weiser, Frederick S., and Howell J. Heaney. The Pennsylvania German Fraktur of the Free Library of Philadelphia: An Illustrated Catalogue. 2 vols. Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society, vols. 10–11. (Breinigsville, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1976). p. 73 illustrated.

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fraktur, Pennsylvania German, Pennsylvania Dutch, folk art, illuminated manuscript, taufschein


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